Master of Business Administration

An integrated MBA degree that prepares students to lead effectively in today’s complex business environment.

This information applies to students entering the MBA program on or after Fall 2016. Students entering the MBA program prior to Fall 2016 should refer to the 2014- 2016 University Catalog.


The Golden Gate University (GGU) MBA program will advance your leadership skills and business knowledge using an activity-based learning approach. Faculty members are seasoned professionals in their respective fields and will prepare you to lead in today's complex business environment.

GGU's MBA program builds leadership skills, provides an integrated perspective of management, and allows you to tailor the program with one of 14 concentrations to meet your interests and goals.

Since launching the MBA program more than half a century ago, GGU has pioneered evening and online programs for working professionals to achieve their career objectives. You can proceed at your own pace in deciding how many courses to take in a given trimester and study fully in-person, completely online or a combination of both.

Students in the program come from the San Francisco Bay Area, the United States and more than 50 countries around the world. With our location in the heart of San Francisco's thriving business community, strong connections to Bay Area business leaders, and a distinguished community of more than 70,000 alumni, the educational experience and the networks available to you are unparalleled.


The power of an MBA from Golden Gate University can be seen in the success of its graduates. Here are a few examples:


Bernard Tyson, BS 82, MBA 84

Bernard Tyson, BS 82, MBA 84

Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente

Read about Bernard Tyson

Alexis Wong, BS 94, MBA 96

Alexis Wong, BS 94, MBA 96

Founder and Chairman of AGI Avant and CEO of Vesta Holding Limited & Transmart Inc.

Read about Alexis Wong

John Martin, MBA 84, LHD 03

John Martin, MBA 84, LHD 03

Former Executive Chairman at Gilead Sciences

Read about John Martin


Graduates of the MBA program should be able to:
  • Demonstrate a general management "holistic" perspective.
  • Demonstrate managerial and leadership skills, such as teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving, communications and presentations, self-awareness.
  • Master and apply general management analytic processes and tools for decision making.
  • Integrate strategic business objectives within competitive industry dynamics.
  • Integrate strategic business objectives within the socio-political-economic-ecological-global context.
  • Understand functional areas' impact on business and departmental interaction issues.
  • Demonstrate integrated business level planning.


Ageno School of Business Courses: $2,925 per 3-unit course.

Tuition varies for other courses. See Tuition & Fees for details.


This program is offered at the following locations:



Students admitted to the master of business administration degree program must meet the graduate writing proficiency requirement.


Applicants are expected to demonstrate a working familiarity with computers and software applications appropriate for graduate studies. Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet analysis and network access capabilities are included for evaluation. Deficiencies in computer proficiency may require additional work as determined by the faculty.


Students admitted to this program are expected to possess a level of mathematical skill at least equivalent to College Algebra (MATH 30).


The GMAT / GRE is NOT required for applicants with more than 5 years of professional work experience (and a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited US institution or the equivalent from a recognized foreign (outside the US) institution). See below for additional waivers.

Applicants with fewer than 5 years of professional work experience will be evaluated by undergraduate grade-point averages in combination with a GMAT or GRE score.

Additional waivers for the GMAT / GRE:

  • A master's or higher degree from a regionally accredited US institution.
  • A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license.
  • A professional license or designation earned by passing a nationally recognized US examination (e.g. CMA, CIA) AND approval granted by petitioning the dean of the Edward S. Ageno School of Business.